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Drake at 9:30 Club Photos & Video

Drake’s major label debut, “Thank Me Later” is out Tuesday, and if it lives up to the hype, the Canadian MC/vocalist could become one of the biggest rap stars on the planet. Or, “Thank Me Later” could flop, making the former actor just another story of short-lived success, lucky to get a spot back on his old television show, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

At his show at the 9:30 Club on Sunday night, Drake acknowledged the pressure: “I’ve been on edge – in about 24 hours, I got an album coming out.”

He may have been anxious, but Drake’s performance didn’t show it: with a DJ and band, he ripped through tracks from his mixtapes (including “So Far Gone”), the “We Are Young Money” album and a couple of selections from his debut.

Because Drake is equal parts heartthrob pop artist and lyrically-skilled rapper, the crowd was what one would imagine at a Jay-Z/Justin Bieber double-bill: Guys taking shots, toasting “to Drizzy!” and little kids at their first concert. But brisk radio hits like “Forever” and “Say Something” seemed to please all comers.

Drake also spent a lot of time shouting “Free Weezy” – his “big brother”/label mate/frequent collaborator Lil Wayne is currently serving time on Riker’s Island. And since Wayne isn’t available for guest appearances at the moment, Drake brought out his mentor’s mentor – Cash Money’s Birdman AKA Baby – for “Money to Blow” and “4 My Town.”

At one point, Drake floated a theory. He mentioned a “new wave” of hip-hop, led by artists including himself, Wiz Khalifa, and Wale, who he said are set to unseat rap’s current titans because “you can only have so many albums from the same rappers for so many years.” Arrogant? Sure. But as he closed the show with “Over” from “Thank Me Later,” Drake’s hypothesis started to sound a lot like the truth.

Article written by Sarah Godfrey @ Washington Post

Drake To The LA Times: “I Want To Reach My Personal Best”

Another article was published on drake in the LA Times. Aubrey Drake Graham goes on to tell the LA Times that he’s looking to the seize the moment, and then make it last. I’m guessing Drake fills the pressure to deliver. Drake’s album drop this Tuesday.

The crowd at downtown Los Angeles’ Club Nokia arrived primed and pumped up. Not just to be entertained, but, more palpably, to witness a make-or-break moment. Continue reading

Video: Drake Interview with DJ Semtex (Part 1 of 2)

It’s been 14+ Months since he dropped the now legendary ‘So Far Gone’ Mixtape. 10 million downloads later, smash features, total saturation of the internets, and co-signs by every single influential MC in the game.

Drake was finally back in the UK to push his debut album ‘Thank Me Later’. Last we did the infamous Hyde Park interview. This time round, we finally get him into the studio at BBC Radio 1xtra. In this clip Drake talks on:

*The pressure & Expectation.
*The rise of International Rap.
*The UK
*Making a name on the Canadian scene.

….and more.

Drake, How A Kid From Toronto Hit The Big Time

Toronto rapper Drake is on top of the world. With one EP, So Far Gone, he’s already dominating radio and magazine covers; he’s collaborated with Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, received two Grammy nods and was referred to as rap’s “saviour” by Mary J. Blige. Not bad for a 23-year-old who got his start on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

With his debut, Thank Me Later, about to hit stores, there’s a lot riding on his shoulders. Buoyed by guest spots from the likes of Jay-Z – who jumps on the infectious “Light Up” – the LP mixes booming beats with Drake’s now-signature drawling singsong rhymes. Will it be a hit record? No question.

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Drake XXL Secret Excerpts That Weren’t Published

How many songs are on Thank Me Later?

Drake: It’ll probably end up being about 15. But it’s just, you know, I love doing R&B music, I really do. And I just always feel like to tie in hip-hop with R&B and to utilize R&B to glue it all together, that’s my trademark. That’s something that only I can do. And that’s why I will continue to do it. There might come a time where I might be like, “Yo, I just want to do an R&B mixtape, or I just want to do a whole [R&B] album,” but I don’t think so, man. I think that that is the makeup of me—melody and just the tone of my voice and all; I don’t think I could ever change that, so…

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Drake Wants To Act Again, But…

Although Drake’s career as an actor has been on the back burner since his rise to fame as a rapper, the former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” star isn’t opposed to returning to his roots.

The problem, however, is the lack of quality material that he’s offered.

“That’s probably my biggest goal, is to get back into acting and really pick the right projects,” Drake told XXL magazine. “I’ve been reading different scripts, but I know what I want to do and what type of project I want to be involved in, and I’ve just been getting the typical projects that they’d offer to a new rapper, and it’s like, ‘Ehh, that’s not really what I want to do or how I see myself.’

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Drake Is “Almost Famous”!

“At just twenty-three, Canadian rapper Drake is already leagues ahead of those who’ve come before.”

Lil Wayne 2.0 seems like he was designed in a laboratory, so perfectly is he suited to be pop culture’s next superstar. He was born into music, writes and raps like his mentor, dresses up instead of down, and vaguely resembles a young Obama.

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Drake Conference Call “Find Your Love”

After releasing “Find Your Love” Drake held a conference call on the radio to talk about it. Here’s what he had to say…

Audio: Drake’s Conference Call

Legend: Drizzy spoke on a conference call earlier to speak on an array of topics & to break down different questions from callers as well as elaborate on things like the single which he described as “vulnerable from a man stand point” and also proud of the song including the visual that director Anthony Mandler came up with for it. He also broke down the email that Jay-Z sent him when he first heard “Over” and how he told Drake “..it’s like the girl you see at the club..shes not the cutest but then you speak to her shes one of the sexiest women of all time.”

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Drake’s Outlook On Mixtapes Evolving

We asked Drake — the guy with the biggest mixtape of the past few years, So Far Gone — what he thought about the state of mixtapes right now. He said everyone has to come with their best.

“I think that when creating a mixtape, you have to approach it with a selfless mind-set,” Drake told us. “A mixtape can’t be the songs that don’t make your album, or songs that aren’t good enough to make your album make your mixtape — unless you’re that good. There aren’t that many people that are that good. I’m not that good. That mixtape [So Far Gone] is me working my hardest. It wasn’t ‘Oh, here are the songs I’m gonna give away to you ’cause I have better songs coming.’ A mixtape has become an album.

“Before, I remember people used to be in the studio cutting songs, and they would be like, ‘Oh, that song is OK. I’ll just put it on my mixtape,’ ” he added. “Now a mixtape is an actual tool. It’s a format you need. You don’t necessarily need it, but it can be useful. Like with Fab and the other guys, I know they do a lot of rapping on other guys’ beats. It’s hard to tour like that, as incredible as it may be. Now Wayne, when the No Ceilings set comes on, it’s ridiculous. It’s hard to rap over other people’s songs and have it be timeless. With So Far Gone, when I did flip other people’s songs, half the time people didn’t know what song it was. I tried to pick stuff that was new or rare or just like an album cut. But yeah, man, if I use somebody else’s beat, I try to make a song out of it.”

Via: MTV

Send Drake YOUR Questions For JUNO Red Carpet

Sunday April 18 is the big day. Drake is nominated for FOUR 2010 JUNO Awards and he also gets to hit the stage for a performance! For those who don’t know what a JUNO is, it’s basically the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Unfortunately, the award show will only be broadcasted on CTV in Canada but fear not, ATF will cover the event for you all via Twitter. Anyhow, MuchMusic will be on the red carpet and they want YOU to be involved. If you want to ask Drake a question, you can simply tweet @MuchMusic with your question or, you can leave a comment on this page. If you’re lucky enough, your question will be asked live on the red carpet.

Check out who Drake is up against:

Rusted From The Rain – Billy Talent
Anybody Listening – Classified
Best I Ever Had – Drake
Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Bublé
Love Is A First – The Tragically Hip

Carly Rae Jepsen
Danny Fernandes
Justin Bieber ???

Still Fly Big Page ft. Drake
Self Explanatory – Classified
So Far Gone – Drake
Yes! – k-os
Troubadour – K’Naan

To view a complete list of the 2010 JUNO Awards, visit their official website: www.junoawards.ca

Congrats & Good Luck Drake!